Jeff Doran

By SAMANTHA PIDDE

Long-time Carroll County Sheriff Jeff Doran officially submitted his letter of resignation during the Thursday, Nov. 7, Carroll County Board meeting.

Doran, a Democrat from Savanna, has served as sheriff for the past 17 years and still has three years remaining on his fifth and current term, which expires in 2022.

"I'm a believer that in life, timing is everything," said Doran, explaining the reasons behind his resignation, which is effective Nov. 21.

Sheriff Doran told board members that with the recent retirement of Kevin Dimmick, he has accepted the position as the Savanna’s new police chief.

Doran said his decision was primarily prompted by health insurance, explaining he needs to have good spousal insurance for his wife. He said the City of Savanna provides better insurance than the county.

Savanna Mayor Chris Lain posted the following statement on his Facebook page:

“Since the word is getting out, I wanted to officially announce the next Savanna Chief of Police will be Carroll County Sheriff Jeff Doran. I will be appointing Jeff at the Nov. 12 City Council meeting, with an effective start date of Nov. 21.

“I could not be more excited that Sheriff Doran will be coming on board to lead the Savanna Police Department. We could not have a more experienced and proven leader take the helm and move this department in the right direction. 

“We have some major challenges in the City of Savanna. I, along with the Savanna City Council, understand those challenges and the need for change in the City to combat them. And we are taking those issues very seriously.

“The experience and connections Jeff Doran brings with him will help us move the City in a new direction. I look forward to working with Chief Doran in the years to come and positively affecting the future of this great community. Welcome to Savanna, Chief Doran!”

During the County Board meeting, Doran thanked members for their past support and help, saying, "You are the best board I have ever worked with. Thank you.”

County Board members expressed their appreciation for Doran's years of service, with Chairman Kevin Reibel saying he has been on the board for many years and knows how "highly regarded" and respected Sheriff Doran is both in and outside of Carroll County.

"With that, I say thank you for a job well done," Reibel said.

The board unanimously approved a motion to accept Doran's resignation, as of Nov. 21.

The board also approved a resolution declaring a vacancy for the position of sheriff. Reibel said he would inform both political parties about the vacancy, which will be filled during the Nov. 21 board meeting.

Sheriff Doran presented his recommendation to the board that Chief Deputy Ryan Kloepping of Mount Carroll be appointed the new sheriff.